Quick Spark speed dating catalyzes romantic chemistry with its fun, sociable, and successful process. After arriving at the scheduled event, speed daters will receive a nametag, a match card, and map-like instructions for their multi-table love hunt. Most QS parties average 16 men and 16 women, so aspiring courters have a chance to meet at least 10 people and enjoy five minutes of friendly conversation at each stop.
Owner Jon Hughes presides over Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop's experienced staff members as they equip customers with the pedal-powered steeds that line every inch of the 1,400-square-foot shop. Pedal jockeys can race over roads with fresh tires ($15+) or ward off sidewalk splash with a pair of fenders ($15–$75), and helmets ($30–$120) protect delicate craniums from accidents and overzealous hairstylists. In the repair shop, mechanics scrutinize rides for problems before tweaking and tuning gears, frames, and wheels for smoother, safer riding. For an additional $40, customers can upgrade to a full tune-up, during which mechanics entirely disassemble and reassemble steely steeds.
If it's difficult to keep track of the various techniques that characterize Kuk Sool Won, that's because it incorporates some part of every Korean martial art: jabs and kicks, throws and grappling, locks, falling, and general body conditioning—even animal-inspired moves and combat with weapons. In addition to the sparring methods, Kuk Sool Won also emphasizes ancient Eastern healing techniques—such as acupuncture, acupressure, and meditation—as ways to build confidence before and after combat. At Kuk Sool Won of Madison Heights, instructors lead classes for all levels, even families.
Actor, dancer, and choreographer Emily Rose and her team of creative instructors foster a love of the arts in students of all ages through lessons in acting, singing, and dancing. The studio's full spectrum of lessons also includes yoga, salsa, and acting, as well as Kids Club classes that synthesize singing and dancing to help kids earn their meals without having to scrub the cable dish. Students are also encouraged to stay after class to collaborate and practice with each other. Monthly parties extend student mingling, and regular studio field trips further instill class camaraderie.:
The instructors at Al Irish's Shut Up and Box channel more than 14 years of experience into intense circuit-training workouts brimming with dynamic movements and power-packed blows. In addition to variable workout formats such as TRX straps and kettlebells, classes feature live DJ tunes that couple music and fitness better than a mariachi band performing on a treadmill. Captivating laser projections zip and scatter across the gym walls and replace traditionally somber gym decor with an invigorating, club-style atmosphere.
The helpful staff of professionals at The Tennis & Golf Company line their 19,000-square-foot store with top-brand sports gear and apparel, harnessing their expertise and customer-minded service skills to pair club and racket wielders with the perfect athletic accouterments. Stock up on Noodle + Long & Soft or Noodle + Easy golf balls ($25/24) to disperse on driving ranges or use as space fillers in half-eaten cornucopias. Slingers of spheroids can volley in style with sleek threads, such as Brooks Podium wicking performance tees ($13–$15), women's EP Pro performance polos ($20), or Men's Gear For Sports long-sleeve wind shirts ($29). This sizable depot for recreational goods also serves up additional accessories, including sunglasses and gym bags, as well as the necessary tools for running, training, racquetball, squash, pickleball, and the always delicious pickled squashball.